Martin Mayhew: 'Matt Stafford needs to improve'

Jeremy Ross #12 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a second quarter touchdown with Matthew Stafford #9 and Nate Burleson #13 while playing the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 28, 2013
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Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew believes that quarterback Matt Stafford needs to improve on certain areas of his game.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew believes that quarterback Matthew Stafford needs to work on some aspects of his game.

Stafford struggled in the second half of the season as he threw 13 of his 19 interceptions in his side's last eight games, which cost them a place in the playoffs as they fell from 6-3 to end the year 7-9.

Mayhew told "I think there certainly has to be some work done. I couldn't really quantify that. I don't think his confidence has fallen very far.

"I mean, think about it. In Week 9, his numbers were outstanding. We were winning games. We were playing really well.

"Didn't finish up the second half of the season the way we expected to, do the things that we wanted to do. But there are a lot of moving pieces to that. It's not all on Matthew."

New Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has stated that he plans to work on Stafford's footwork in the near future.

Jim Caldwell addresses the media after being introduced as the Detroit Lions head coach at Ford Field on January 15, 2014
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